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    My dept has an old TIC about 9-10 years old needing a new battery pack. The camera is a MSA Argus 2. The battery pack itself is a sealed pack approximately 3''-4'' long. It's rectangle shaped with on end has the entry space for the prongs of the camers. I don't have alot of other info other than that. Checked w/ MSA and they wanted $250 per battery. I am looking to see if we can get it cheeper. There is no model # on the pack itself. I checked w/ a private battery company and they want to see that pack before they can do anything for us, which I understand because of lack of info. Any info would be great.

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    While $250 may seem steep, look at the advantages of just buying from MSA:
    1. You know the battery is the right voltage and amperage to make the TI function;
    2. You know that the battery won't melt down in the TI, causing damage;
    3. You don't have to waste any more time/effort trying to figure out exactly what size voltage/amperage battery you need;
    4. You know that is new, not used, and will provide several years of service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firemanjb View Post
    While $250 may seem steep, look at the advantages of just buying from MSA:
    1. You know the battery is the right voltage and amperage to make the TI function;
    2. You know that the battery won't melt down in the TI, causing damage;
    3. You don't have to waste any more time/effort trying to figure out exactly what size voltage/amperage battery you need;
    4. You know that is new, not used, and will provide several years of service.
    My department has a Scott TIC and we found that lap top computer batteries work in it.
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    If a fire was started in a TIC due to an incorrect battery, would the TIC see the fire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi View Post
    If a fire was started in a TIC due to an incorrect battery, would the TIC see the fire?
    Good question!! We crossed the numbers with our local interstate battery distributor and he made us a good deal on it, therefore it is the correct battery.
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    Another source for TIC batteries is Batteries Plus.

    Google their website for the location nearest to you.

    They sell everything from AAA to forklift batteries.
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    We still have a couple Argus 1s and 2s left. Ours are not rechargeable, they have a casing that holds 8 AA batteries. I'll look at ours tomorrow and check for model#s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1050major View Post
    Good question!! We crossed the numbers with our local interstate battery distributor and he made us a good deal on it, therefore it is the correct battery.
    There are certainly plenty of substitutes out there. Very few of the TI batteries are proprietary to the TI manufacturer. However, the issue of a bad battery is important: if you put in a generic battery, and it damages your TI, who is going to pay for repairs?

    I guarantee you that Batteries Plus will not buy you a new TI if their battery damages the TI. A top-tier TI manufacturer will.
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    Our Argus 2 uses an Argus Battery Pack DAS532398AA. We bought ours direct from Argus in England.

    Holds 8 AA batteries, standard alkalines. We also have Argus 3s with the camcorder style batteries, the AA option is sooooo much easier to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnyv View Post
    Our Argus 2 uses an Argus Battery Pack DAS532398AA. We bought ours direct from Argus in England.

    Holds 8 AA batteries, standard alkalines. We also have Argus 3s with the camcorder style batteries, the AA option is sooooo much easier to work with.
    Thankx for that info, I would rather go that way and use thte AA batteries in it. It is a valuable piece of equipment, and I woud hate to see it sit due to a battery issue that is fixable.

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